Nirvana Reunite Fronted By Paul McCartney

Legendary grunge band returns for charity gig.

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After the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, it seemed pretty definitive that Nirvana, the band who became the reluctant flag bearers for alternative rock back in the early 1990s, was finished.

Kurt, after all, had been an icon to millions of young people across the world. Understandably, the band splintered. Dave Grohl and Pat Smear went on to the Foo Fighters, while Krist Novoselic more or less quit music all together, choosing instead to focus on a career in politics.

However, there have been recent murmurings that the surviving members of the legendary grunge act might be working together again in some capacity. The ball started rolling when Krist Novoselic showed up on Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light" LP in 2010. Then, the bassist found himself appearing in Dave Grohl's upcoming documentary about "Sound City" studios. It had even been suggested that the three surviving Nirvana members had found the way into a rehearsal room.

Last night, those speculations became a reality when the surviving members of Nirvana took to the stage together, fronted by none other than former Beatle Paul McCartney. The group (The Nirveatles if you will...) performed at last night's (December 12th) Hurricane Sandy benefit concert, debuting a new song titled "Cut Me Some Slack". Paul McCartney prefaced the performance with the following speech:

"So, recently, some guys asked me to go and jam with them. So I showed up like you do, y'know, ready to jam and... um... in the middle of it these guys kept saying 'well, we haven't played together for years', y'know. So... the penny finally dropped, and I finally understood that I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion. Ladies and gentlemen; Mr Dave Grohl, Mr Krist Novoselic and Mr Pat Smear. We're gonna do the song we jammed now. First time we've done it live."

The track itself seems to be sitting somewhere between "School", the heavy hitting track from Nirvana's 1989 debut record "Bleach" and The Beatles' proto-metal classic "Helter Skelter". There are even some rhythmic flourishes from Grohl that seem reminiscent of his work in supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.

McCartney and Nirvana's performance wasn't the only grunge-classic rock team up of the evening. Former Pink Floyd honcho Roger Waters was joined by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder on a rendition of the Floyd classic "Comfortably Numb". Other artists at the benefit show, which took place at Madison Square Garden, included The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and The Who.

But how do you feel about the idea of seeing Nirvana sans Kurt Cobain? Cobain was the driving force behind the band back in the day, holding sole or principal songwriter credit on pretty much all of their material. And yet, what Nirvana and McCartney debuted at last night's concert seems to be in the spirit of the band's classic material, while taking on a life of it's own.

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    Join us at Ultimate Guitar next week for the following headlines: "Courtney Love Sues Paul McCartney" And "Courtney Love SLAMS the Beatles"
    Week after that "Cortney Love; I wrote half of the beatles hit songs!"
    Btw, let me anticipate UG on this one:
    Jesus, since when is Courtney Love the go-to ambassador for all things Nirvana? Isn't she just a talentless crackwh*re who had horrible, horrible sex with Kurt on a regular basis?
    The Jet Lag Man
    Just horrible, awful sex. During which, Kurt penned such tracks like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Come As You Are" and other horrible sex jokes.
    I somewhat agree that it'd have been cooler if John Lennon was still alive and fronted instead. Paul was still great and it was still really cool but Lennon was my favorite and was the biggest influence on Kurt out of the Beatles.
    Damn right! To bad George is gone too...just think of what they could be doing with so many of the artists of today.
    I'm not even a huge Nirvana fan, and I thought they sounded great.
    The song reminds me more of Led Zep's version of When The Levee Breaks than anything by Nirvana or The Beatles.
    I don't know what I would feel about a proper reunion, but I think the one off was absolutely awesome. Even though it's been ages, there seemed to be no try hard, and even without Kurt, for some reason I could still feel that Nirvana spontaneousness. Also, I would love to know what Kurt Cobain would be thinking if he could see it. His band playing with one of the damn Beatles!
    Although Kurt loved the Beatles, he said, and I quote; "I hate Paul McCartney". So I don't think he would be happy about it.
    Good song, too happy for Kurt though... one of the few bands legacies you could never touch.
    it's not really Nirvana, is something thats grown out of nirvana. its new, exciting, and none of them seem to be just trying to cash in on sounding all grungy. And oddly enough w/ the sound of pauls voice in that vid I kinda think he could pull off nirvana covers fairly well.
    Why not just tour as Nirvana with Dave on guitar and vox? I mean he's more than capable Kurt's dynamics and how cool would that be??
    But Dave was drums and backup vocals. No one is Dave Grohl but Dave Grohl. No one else can match those monster beats.
    After reading about this yesterday, I honestly didnt think that today Id be saying this, but that was pretty damn good! I think we were all expecting Nirvana covers so thank christ that wasnt the case. I wouldnt call this a Nirvana reunion though, thats just a lame 'hook' to get people watching, but whatever it was for charity it gets a pass. I also dont think it sounded very Nirvana-like but still a pretty interesting track. Would definately like to hear more from this, could be interesting...
    Firstly, I will say that they sounded great together, and the song was really cool! But I think UG, and even McCartney, describing it as a Nirvana reunion is fairly misleading. Personally I would only think of it as a reunion if they played Nirvana songs. To be honest though, all talk of 'reunion' aside, it's just so cool that they decided to do this
    I never imagined Nirvana playing again, but I'm glad to see it was a guest worthy of breaking that boundary. The concert was great!
    Grohl, Novaselic and Smear all played on the last Foo's album together.
    Novaselic was only on "I Should Have Known," though. I would kill to see the three of them do an album together - especially if it was as good as the song they played last night.
    Paul: hey guys I wrote a song! Krist: oh that's great. Dave: good job, we'll hang it right here. Right on the fridge where everyone can see it. Paul: All right! Lol just made me think of that family guy clip. But no, great song. Was pumped to hear it.
    This is a Nirvana reunion like Audioslave was a Rage Against the Machine reunion. In other words.... its not. What it is though, is awesome
    Everybody that is saying "Kurt Cobain is rolling in his grave right now." after last night need to grow the hell up.
    I thought the performance was killer! It wasn't really an actual Nirvana reunion show or anything, it was the remaining members of Nirvana coming together again on stage in 20 years and that was pretty awesome! The song kicked ass too.